If there is anyone who can speak on the dangers of an unchecked ego on a talented wide receiver, it is Pittsburgh Steelers legend Ben Roethlisberger. So when Roethlisberger says head coach Mike Tomlin needs to get wide receiver George Pickens under control before things get out of hand, Tomlin should heed his warning.
“You gotta get it under control before it gets out of control, and you lose it forever,” Roethlisberger said on his podcast. “It can happen”
Roethlisberger is uniquely qualified to discuss this after watching Tomlin coddle former Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown to the point that he ended up going completely off the deep end and forcing a trade from the team. Brown’s antics well before that were largely dismissed by the coaches, leaving Roethlisberger to deal with him on Sundays on the field.
Pickens drew a ridiculous taunting penalty in Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Rams that negative a great play he made. Tomlin was fairly dismissive of it at the post-game press conference but Roethlisberger knows that if left unchecked what it could lead to.